The Weekly Newspaper serving the citizens of Morenci, Mich., Fayette, Ohio, and surrounding areas.

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    IN THE FIELD—2004 Morenci graduate Kayse Onweller works in a test plot of wheat in Texas. She’s part of Bayer CropScience’s North American wheat breeding program based in Nebraska, where she completed post-graduate work in plant breeding and genetics.
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    REFEREE Camden Miller raises the hand of Morenci Jr. Dawgs wrestler Ryder Ryan as his opponent leaves the mat in disappointment. Morenci’s youth wrestling program served as host for a tournament Saturday morning to raise money for the club. Additional photos are on the back page.
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    SHERWOOD STATE Bank opened its Fayette office at a grand opening Friday morning, drawing a large crowd to view the renovated building. Above, Burt Blue talks to teller Cindy Funk, while his wife, Jackie, looks around the new office. The Blues missed the opening and took a quick tour on Tuesday. Few traces remain of the former grocery store and theater, however, part of the original brick wall still shows in the hallway leading to the back of the building. The drive-through window should be ready for customers later in the month.
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    CARRYING—Riley Terry (blue jacket) and Mason Vaughn lead the way, carrying an empty casket outside to the hearse waiting at the curb. Morenci juniors and seniors visited Eagle Funeral Home last week to learn about the role of a funeral director and to understand the process of arranging for a funeral.
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    MORENCI student Dalton McCowan puts everything into a dead lift attempt Saturday morning during the Wyseguy Push/Pull event. Lifters helped raise more than $1,600 for the family of the late Devin Wyse, a former Morenci power-lifter who graduated last year. Commemorative T-shirts are still available by contacting teacher Dan Hoffman.
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    FROM THE LEFT, Landon Wilkins, Ryan White and Logan Blaker try out their artistic skills Saturday afternoon at the Morenci PTO’s first Date to Create event. More than 50 people showed up to create decorated planks of wood to hang from rope. The event served as a fund-raiser for miscellaneous PTO projects. Additional photos are on the back of this week’s Observer.
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    NEW OFFICES—Fayette village administrator Steve Blue speaks with tax administrator Genna Biddix at the new front desk of the village office. Village council members voted to use budgeted renovation funds targeted for the old office and instead buy the vacant bank building on the corner of Main and Fayette streets. The old office was sold to Sherwood State Bank. When everything is put into place in the spacious new village office, an open house will be scheduled. Council member David Wheeler donated all of his time needed to make changes in the bank interior to fit the Village’s needs.

Parking lot project now underway 2011.08.20

Written by David Green.

parking.millingWork started on schedule Monday morning for Morenci’s parking lot rebuilding project and by mid-afternoon there wasn’t much concrete left in place. Milling equipment removed the old surface and left the city’s two parking lots on the south side of Main Street with nothing but dirt.

Last week Morenci mayor Keith Pennington was urging business owners with property bordering a parking lot to return easements to city hall. The final one was returned Monday morning.

The easements allow the city to complete the project as designed, building a sidewalk with a curb along the back of the businesses and creating some “green spaces” for vegetation.

Without an easement, the project would only go as far as the city’s property and it would have left an unusable area of old pavement between the sidewalk and the back of a building.

Now that the initial work on the entire parking area is complete, a portion of the lot will be set aside each day for limited parking spots. The temporary area may move from day to day as work progresses.

The purpose of creating a uniform edge to the lot, complete with curbing and sidewalk, is to clean up the area at the back of the buildings, said project engineer Scott Merillat, and make the back entrances to stores more attractive.

Mayor Pennington urges that store employees leave these areas open for customers, as well as the parking spots on Main Street. He’s hoping the Main Street parking will be available for customers who can’t easily walk from a parking lot on the north side of Main Street.

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